August 15

PS4 & Xbox One Continue To Sell

Happy Saturday! So yes this is unknown territory and I apologise for not getting anything up yesterday — I literally had zero spare time. Anyway, a day later, let’s talk video games and I’m kicking off with the new gen consoles.

According to the latest NDP data, the PS4 and Xbox One are massively outselling their previous generation counterparts. If we compare the data of the first 21 months in each generation’s cycle, the PS4 and Xbox One have outsold PS3 and Xbox 360 by almost 50%! As a gamer these stats only make me happy. Console gaming has never been stronger and, with the amount of games available to us today, it truly is a great time to be a gamer — let’s make sure we all enjoy it!

Staying with the new consoles, Xbox One gamers have recently been able to play their console games on their PC/Laptop thanks to Windows 10. Well it appears that there is a secret “very high setting” for those that want to ensure the best quality experience. Reddit user OomaThurman has discovered that making a small adjustment to the “userconsoledata” file will allow for full 1080p streaming. It does appear to work, but it should be noted that you will need substantial bandwidth to avoid any problems. As the Windows 10 support continues to grow for Xbox One, it does make me consider whether I should leave Mac behind and return to PC.

One of the real surprises of 2015 was Techland‘s Dying Light. Seven months after its release, we have a trailer for The Following — the first story-driven DLC. This expansion sees you travel to a new outback area populated by a cult, who somehow appear to be tied to the zombie outbreak. You must first earn their trust in order to get to the bottom of the mystery. The biggest thing I take from the trailer is that you get to run down zombies in a dune buggie! I’m sure it is every bit as fun as it looks, I only wish I could have gotten into Dying Light more. Everyone who’s played it tells me how much fun they had, but I just couldn’t get to grips with it and found it a bit mundane.

Talking of failing to get to grips, it appears that Guillermo Del Toro has finally given up his dream of making a video game. After the cancellation of Insane, back in 2012, and the latest Silent Hills fiasco, it appears Del Toro found the failure all too much.

“I have proven to be the albatross of video games.”

“I joined THQ, and THQ goes broke. I join Kojima, and Kojima leaves Konami. I have decided, in order not to destroy anyone else’s life, I have decided I will never again get involved in video games. Otherwise, I’ll join someone and his house will explode, or something.”

You got to give the guy credit for his sense of humour at least, but I can understand why he may feel that the world is against him making a video game. Del Toro makes great movies, so if that is what he wants to stick to I’m fine with that.

The final news item for today, and fans of the NBA Live series will be able to check out a couple of new game modes two weeks prior to the official release of NBA Live 16. EA announced, via the PS Blog, that the Live Pro-Am will be a free download on and will offer players the chance to play Live Run — a five-on-five pick up online game that is first to 21 points — and Summer Circuit — an online co-op mode where you play with your friends against AI teams on real world courts from across America. I like the sound of this Summer Circuit game mode but unfortunately, unless there is a big change this year, NBA Live is not a very good basketball game.

Closing out here are this week’s new releases:

Normal service will resume next week. Enjoy your weekend!

Matt